CPA Now

By Peter Calcara

PICPA Vice President - Government Relations

  • Expungement in Pa.: Clear a Minor Infraction from Your CPA Record

    Act 6 of 2018 gives the commissioner of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) the authority to expunge the disciplinary records of licensees under BPOA’s jurisdiction. But what does that mean exactly for CPAs in the state?
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  • Occupational Licensing Reform Needs a Guard Against Mishap

    State lawmakers across the country are removing barriers to a person’s right to work in numerous occupations and professions. Some have taken the path of outright elimination of state licensing. The PICPA is taking an active role in protecting the CPA designation so the profession will not be caught flatfooted should similar legislation be brought up for a vote in Pennsylvania.
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  • Pa. General Assembly Set to Return to Harrisburg

    Events in the Pennsylvania capital this summer have mostly consisted of a few public policy hearings, gubernatorial press conferences, and a handful of rallies. But one bill in particular was proposed that deserves our members’ attention: it focuses on property tax.
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  • Advocacy Never Rests: PICPA Works Behind the Scenes in Quiet Harrisburg

    A quiet Harrisburg isn’t a license to stop advocating on behalf of the CPA profession. On the contrary, the quiet offers excellent opportunities. The PICPA government relations team is hard at work with key lawmakers, staff, and various state agencies on our fall session agenda.
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  • Pennsylvania Spending Plan Beats July 1 Deadline

    A $33.9 billion Pennsylvania state budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year has made its way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk with time to spare before the deadline. Find out who the winners were this budget season.
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  • Final Countdown to the 2019-2020 State Budget

    There is a chance, it seems, that Pennsylvania actually will have a budget in place before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. It’s hard to believe if you've ever followed state budget negotiations, but it could happen.
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  • Harrisburg Heats Up: Tax Bills on the Move

    The 2019-2020 Pennsylvania General Assembly committees are beginning to kick out legislation for consideration by the full House and Senate. Of the hundreds of bills already introduced, the PICPA is actively following more than two dozen.
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  • Your License Is Under Attack

    Public accounting is built upon a legal and regulatory foundation that governs its members and their conduct. This well-established system that bolsters CPA professional integrity is under attack in many state legislatures.
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  • Wolf Presents Pennsylvania Spending Plan to Some Praise

    On Feb. 5, 2019, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf presented his fifth state budget to a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Once again, a cornerstone of his budget is increased funding for education.
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  • New Year Brings Hope, Optimism to Harrisburg

    The 203rd Pennsylvania General Assembly—one of the oldest state legislative bodies in the nation—convened on New Year’s Day to kick off the 2019-2020 legislative session. Swearing-in day is filled with much ceremony, and it brings a sense of renewed optimism for bipartisanship and moving the Commonwealth forward.
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  • State Lawmakers Elect Leadership Teams for 2019-2020 Session

    Pennsylvania voters may have gone to the polls on Nov. 6, but there was another recent election that went mostly unnoticed outside of Harrisburg. Last week, state lawmakers elected who will lead their respective caucuses for the next legislative session.
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  • Inside the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

    On Oct. 24, the PICPA will meet with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and broadcast it live. Hear what you can expect out of the presentation from Jeff Spengler, CPA, chair of PICPA's State Taxation Committee.
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  • Ready or Not, Pennsylvania Tax Reform Debate Is Coming

    Most CPAs' eyes have understandably been on the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, so it may come as a surprise to many PICPA members that Pennsylvania tax reform efforts are under way in Harrisburg.
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  • Summer Pause a Prelude to Fall PICPA Advocacy Fights

    While the pace of legislative activity may have slowed in Pennsylvania this summer, the PICPA government relations team continues to plow ahead on a couple critical issues that we want to get on the General Assembly’s fall calendar.
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  • The Key to Easy State Budgets, and What Wayfair Means to Pa.

    On June 22, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law the fiscal year 2018-2019 state budget—more than a week before the end of the fiscal year. With little of the political acrimony that typically mars the budget negotiation process, this budget relatively breezed to completion. How the heck did that happen?
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  • The CPAs’ Voice Is Always Loudest at PICPA’s Day on the Hill

    PICPA’s Day on the Hill is a unique opportunity for our members to bring their specialized training and problem-solving skills to Harrisburg. The ultimate goal is to position PICPA members as a resource to state lawmakers and regulators, to build relationships with decisionmakers, and to garner support for our legislative priorities.
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  • Pa. Local Income Tax Fix: Second Time Is a Charm

    Pennsylvania Act 18 marks the culmination of a four-year effort by Rep. George Dunbar, CPA (Inactive) and the PICPA to address the potential for double taxation on local earned income.
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  • Are You Ready to Vote in the Pennsylvania Primary Election?

    To help its members prepare for the Pennsylvania primary elections, PICPA's government relations team has prepared an election guide that includes information on the gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congressional, and Pennsylvania Senate and House races.
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  • Springing into the Pennsylvania Budget Season

    The Pennsylvania budget is one of several issues that state lawmakers are working on, but it is the one that can easily suck the air out of the capitol and bring all other legislative plans to a grinding halt. Here is an update on some of the issues the PICPA and its government relations team in Harrisburg are working on.
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  • An Update on the Pennsylvania Budget and New 1099 Rules

    It's that time of year again: budget season. The budget, though, is not the only big issue for the PICPA right now. There are also new 1099-MISC rules that businesses and CPAs have been wrestling with.
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